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Appassionata [Kindle Edition]

Jilly Cooper
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'Sexy, dazzling protagonists…the humour comes thick and fast’ -- Daily Express

Appassionata - the divine Jilly Cooper’s latest and greatest novel’ -- The Sunday Times

‘Delicious: light as a souffle and with divine flashes of wit. I could not put the damned thing down’ -- Sunday Express

‘Triumphant...a boisterous tale of sex and Chopin amongst Rutshire folk’ -- Tatler

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One of the glorious Rutshire Chronicles

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1577 KB
  • Print Length: 896 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409031942
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (23 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1TUB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,730 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jilly Cooper is a well-known journalist, writer and media superstar. The author of many number one bestselling novels, including Riders, Rivals, Polo, The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous, Appassionata, Score! and Pandora, she and her husband live in Gloucestershire with several dogs and cats.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Despite other reviewers saying that this is the beginning of a downwards curve, I think this had maintained the high standard Jilly Cooper set herself with 'Riders'. After all, one can't expect all of Cooper's books to be set around horses and sex. Sometimes we need a change of scenery but still with plenty of sex.

Abigail Rosen is not my favourite character in the book- maybe it's because she's a bit to knowledgeable of her looks and talent, and slightly vindictive- but if you don't like her in the beginning you will by the end as she loses that arrogance.

It marks the return of some brilliant characters- Rupert and Taggie Campbell-Black, now adopting two children who will come into play hugely in later books, the greatest plonker ever Rannaldinni, his ex-wife Kitty and Lysander Hawkley make brief appearances, aswell as Hermione Harefield and the magnificent Flora, who is the best character in the book.

We also learn more about Marcus Campbell-Black and his extremely irritating mother Helen, who marries Rannaldinni. You will find yourself rooting for Marcus especially in a huge twist later in the book. Flora carries the book in my opinion, with her vivacious personality and beauty which shines through. Not much about Tabitha C-B however, as she comes into play more in Score!.

Also, the wild ochestra come up with some hilarious moments, and the wondeful Viking O'Neil is certainly a character that you feel a mixture of empathy and lust towards. Also, there is the adorable Cherub, who you just want to give a hug.

Brilliant book, perhaps not as good as it predecessors, but just about as good. (:
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun but not perfect! 25 Feb 2008
By J Mac
Loved this book and the only problem with it was my dislike for the main character! She was so irritating that it was difficult to empathise with her and root for her but it didn't mar the excellence of the writing and the laughs were thick and fast. Other characters in the book made up for the awful heroine!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 12 Mar 2001
By A Customer
As the other reviwers have complained, this book might not be up to Jilly's others and possibly be the start of a downward curve but even Jilly on a bad day is still better than any other female writer around. This book, like her others, is a great big thick doorstopper of a novel and yet from page one I simply couldn't put it down. It's bursting with energy, characters, witty one-liners, sexy scenes, romance, friendship, all tangling up in a wonderful joie de vivre. Despite her countless imitators, there's nothing like reading the real thing. Her heroes are fantastic -they are handsome, dashing etc, but also human, and she avoids the sort of Mills & Boon cliches you'd expect in this sort of novel. In fact, all of her characters are brilliantly and vividly drawn in bright brush-strokes, and it's impossible to dislike any of them. Behind the novel is a feeling that the author had a great time writing the novel, and I had a great time reading it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but Jilly Cooper has done better 19 May 2004
By H
A good read but nothing special. And in places think it was only good because you already know the characters from previous, and far better, novels such as Riders and Polo. Especially worth a read though if you have read these because it is centred alot of round Rupert Campbell-Black and his son Marcus. A little slow in places but none the less an intersting take on the world of classical music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appassionata, amazing!! 1 Mar 2003
My eyes have been glued to this book, it is one you cant put down until the last page, and then you're upset that its finished, but realise its one book in a great series.
I love the way it brings in all the characters we know and love so much, and gives you a chance to see how Marcus has developped into a young man. Jilly hasnt't put the emphasis on sex so much in this book, which gives it a more serious edge and is very touching with the way Marcus deals with his sexuality.
I loved it so much my friends bought me Polo to start the next day.
Long Live Jilly Cooper books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not anywhere as good as her other books 7 May 1999
By A Customer
I love Jilly Cooper's books, they are a good read, fun and have great characters, but I felt this latest story lacked a likable main character. 'Abby' was someone I could not like and so did not care what happened to her int the story. The lesser characters were of good quality as always, Rupert, Flora, Marcus but overall this book missed the mark a bit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best 5 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I recently read Pandora and caught the Jilly bug remembering early books I enjoyed in my late teens however Appassioanta just goes on a bit and i haven't been captivated by the story. I always try to read a book to its end and just managed this one. Its an easy read for someone but not for me maybe it was the subject matter to be fair. I think I'll re-read Riders!
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4.0 out of 5 stars great 13 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
typical Jilly,great fun
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Appassionata
Have read this book when it first came out and now decided to add to my kindle for holiday reading
Published 2 months ago by Gill Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars So so
An ok read
But not as good as previous in the chronicles,
The orchestra just not as exciting of a world as the polo or show jumping. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MELANIE
5.0 out of 5 stars ALWAYS BRILLIASNT
As always Miss Jilkly Cooper has written a brillaint novel full of humour, sadness and 'romance' around the lives of those in |Larminster
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. J. Harriman
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit long - a lot of padding.......!
I find it difficult to believe that all orchestras are this randy........... but maybe they are!! The ending was a bit predictable
Published 6 months ago by MRS MARGARET H HARLOW
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
Just wonderful getting lost in a July cooper is a rite of passage every reader must do !!
I can't wait for the next novel
Published 6 months ago by ms l j petty
5.0 out of 5 stars totally terrific!
Absolutely fantastic read! Jilly on top form as usual, and the classical music theme a sheer delight. Unputdownable! Bravo Jilly!
Published 11 months ago by Mrs S
5.0 out of 5 stars Steph
This is the last decent Jilly romp before even she runs out of Campbell-Black stories. No matter who the book is about we all love Rupert the best. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Steph
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER MUST-READ FROM JC
I downloaded this to my Kindle and am thoroughly enjoying reading it. I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as the Riders etc predecessors but am very pleasantly surprised at... Read more
Published 20 months ago by amazonfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Every Bit As Good As The Horsey Ones.
OK, I am a sucker for all Jilly's horse oriented books - but my second love is music and I actually attended The Royal Academy of Music in the late '70s so this book, which takes... Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2012 by Discerning of Yorkshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Jilly Cooper...
I was abit aprehensive about this book at first because im not a huge fan or orchestras and wondered whether id have any idea what was going on (asopposed to polo and horses) but i... Read more
Published on 16 May 2012 by Saskia
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